There was consensus among the tabloids that this split is over Katie’s concerns about the couple’s child, Suri, and Tom’s religion, Scientology. She’s seeking sole custody, which suggests this could be a long, tough fight between the celebrity duo.
If Katie is attempting to pull Suri out of Tom’s strange world before the girl gets any older, we asked several of our ex-Scientologist sources to explain what, at 6 years old, Suri was about to get into.
We talked with them about the oddities of Scientology schooling, and about the religion’s form of counseling — called auditing — which can begin as young as Suri’s age. But what may have convinced Katie to run was the frightening prospect that faces all Scientology kids beginning at 6 years old: a form of interrogation known as “sec checking.”
Tip: Jim Lippard
I asked Jim what the best angle to take was on this Scientology flare up and he pointed me to Tony Ortega’s blog, one post of which is cited above. If this story interests you, definitely check out his other posts. Jim has written a cover piece for Skeptic magazine on Scientology. It was astounding. He also told me this: “According to Scientology, children are ancient thetans, so they treat them like little adults” That can be good intellectually, but bad emotionally.
“Security checking,” called “sec checking” involves using the e-meter (like a lie detector) as an interrogation device. A lengthy lists of questions is asked to a member by an “ethics officer” to make sure they weren’t hiding any covert hostilities to the organization. As of age 6, children can be subject to these interrogations.
Katie Holmes has had six years to understand how Scientologists are controlled through the use of interrogations, and it would not have been lost on her that children are sec checked in part to gather information about their parents.
The article contains the list of questions. If you read them, he noted, you might see why Katie might want interrogators to have nothing to do with her child.